[Reviews] 2 Social Good Books For Your Bookshelf

I recently received two books about philanthropy: Successful Philanthropy: How to Make a Life By What You Give (now in paperback) and The Rotary Book of Readings: Inspiration to Change the World both published by Hatherleigh Press. They are quick reads that promote inspiration and encouragement for those who give.

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The 3 stages of Giving: Deference, Arrogance and Inquiry

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Great minds don’t always think alike.
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Jennifer A. Jones, University of Florida

If you had US$1 million to give to charities aiming to eradicate poverty, how would you do it?

Would you support a soup kitchen? A financial literacy program? Educational scholarships? Organizations pressing for policy changes?

I worked for nonprofits for many years before realizing the way I approached solving social problems said more about me than it did about the problem I wanted to solve. If I really wanted to make a difference, I had to think about how I was thinking about the problem. And, if I wanted to make a difference at a broader level, I had to help donors and nonprofit leaders think about how they think.

Nonprofit fundraisers consider many demographic characteristics to explain and predict charitable giving, such as age, gender, income, and marital and parental status. As far as I could tell, no scholars had considered “how people think” as a category worth considering.

My quest led me to obtain my Ph.D. and learn to analyze how an individual’s thinking changes over time. Along the way, I found that how people construct their ideas influences their philanthropic choices, and that how donors think is as important as what they think.

How donors think

Human beings develop increasingly complex ways of making sense of the world over the course of a lifetime. To a large extent, this is intuitive – you probably expect a 20-year-old to think about many things differently than a 50-year-old. How people think, however, is largely unconscious. People are rarely aware of how they are thinking in the moment.

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5 Maternal Health Organizations to Support Now

Every day 800 women die due to largely preventable causes during childbirth. That number is mentioned everywhere maternal health is mentioned and championed, but it always bears repeating. Until the drastic maternal mortality numbers decline the data must remain front and center. Mothers’ lives depend on us knowing the facts. Over the past few decades maternal health numbers have effectively decreased by 47 percent, but we … Continue reading 5 Maternal Health Organizations to Support Now

Our Newest Partnerships: Oxfam America and Kangu

We are always thrilled to work with some of the best NGOs and nonprofits in the world. Today, we are announcing our newest partnerships with Oxfam America and Kangu. We look forward to working with Kangu to spread the word about maternal health and healthy pregnancies in developing countries in both Africa and Asia. And we look forward to working with Oxfam America to raise … Continue reading Our Newest Partnerships: Oxfam America and Kangu

Gift Animals from Oxfam to Those in Need

You are what you give and Aziz Ansari from Parks and Recreation is “being” a goat this year. You can “be” a goat or another one of Oxfam’s charity gifts at OxfamGifts.com. Giving an animal to a family in need in a developing country can mean the difference between living in poverty and being self-sustaining. Here’s how animal gifts work. Continue reading Gift Animals from Oxfam to Those in Need

Have You Thought of Being Fearless? You Should!

The Case Foundation along with Microsoft and REI are looking for some of the brightest social innovators out there and are giving away $650,000 in grants to prove it. Want to know more? Read on! What:            As part of its Be Fearless initiative, the Case Foundation, in partnership with Microsoft and REI, is looking for the unsung individuals in communities across the country that have a successful track record of … Continue reading Have You Thought of Being Fearless? You Should!

[Act] Support Everyone’s Basic Right to Adequate Shelter

  If you have been to developing countries or have seen poverty housing in any developed nation  you know there are billions of people around the world who desperately need adequate housing. The first Monday of every October has been designated by the United Nations as World Habitat Day. It serves as a reminder to all of us that everyone deserves adequate shelter. This year’s … Continue reading [Act] Support Everyone’s Basic Right to Adequate Shelter

Helping Those in Need of Food Assistance

The World Food Programme is the largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger on the planet. They do amazing things every day in every corner of the world that needs the greatest help. The World Food Programme recently released their 2011 Year in Review. It is well worth a read if you have a chance. According to the report the World Food Programme’s 2011 food assistance reached nearly … Continue reading Helping Those in Need of Food Assistance

Ugandan Women Craft for Economic Stability

Never underestimate the power of a woman who can earn her own money and provide for her family. This statement is true everywhere in Africa and other parts of the developing world. One trait that is perpetually apparent when you travel abroad and visit areas in need is people want to work; they want to be able to buy food and pay for their children’s … Continue reading Ugandan Women Craft for Economic Stability